Center for Community Engagement
The Center for Community Engagement at Suffolk University has adopted the following definition of community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
Drawing on the combined resources of the local and Suffolk communities, we forge and maintain long-term partnerships that engage our students in service and social action. Sign up here for service opportunities.
Service learning is one of the most popular ways that Suffolk students come together to enhance the lives of others and enrich their own education. Combining community service with classroom study, students dive into projects ranging from teaching English as a second language (ESOL) to tutoring to soil sampling to serving the needs of the homeless. Find out more about Service Learning.